I think it’s important to be open and transparent in your thinking as well as your connections. Everyone has biases and while I do my best to stay objective on the technologies issues I comment on, I’m still human.
Here’s a list of my connections and potential influences…
My full-time employer is Lacework, where I’m a Distinguished Cloud Strategist. This role has a number of internal responsibilities as well as an external component. In that external role, my job is to help educate the community about issues in modern technology development, security, and privacy.
While I have an obvious incentive for Lacework to succeed commercially, the companies position doesn’t direct my stance on these issues.
You can see a full employment history on LinkedIn if you’re curious about my previous employment.
I’m also part of the AWS Heroes program. I’ve been a member since 2017. This program does provide early access to AWS information and services but does not require any specific reciprocation with respect to how I speak about AWS or their services. If you follow me on Twitter, you know I call things out when I see them.
Finally, I’m also a freelance contributor to CBC Radio. I’m the technology columnist for CBC Ottawa Morning and often appear on other radio and TV programs providing opinions of technology issues.
Financially, beyond the broad strokes of risk tolerance, any investments I have are directed by a financial manager. I don’t make direct stock investments beyond any employment benefits.
Hopefully that helps clear things up. As I said, I try to be objective in my opinions but just like everyone else, I’ve got my own set of biases and influences.